The Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies (F&ES) this week welcomed the members of the Class of 2015, a diverse group of 149 first-year students from five continents who are pursuing a broad range of environmental interests and careers.
On Aug. 5, the students kicked off their time at Yale with the School’s traditional summer modules, or MODs, a three-week orientation period when incoming students learn skills critical to careers in environmental research, management, and policy – and get to know one another. A cornerstone event in the F&ES curriculum, the popular MODs include fieldwork at the Yale Myers and Great Mountain forests, as well as an urban ecosystem course conducted in New Haven.
The incoming class includes 30 international students from 20 different countries, including China, Brazil, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and the Democratic Republic of Congo, as well as 34 U.S. states. Their areas of interest represent a broad range of environmental issues, with human dimensions and ecosystem conservation being particularly popular this year. More than 10 percent of the new students plan to pursue joint degrees that will also include studies in business, architecture, and law.
The students also arrive at F&ES with more professional experience than many previous classes, with an average of four years spent working in related fields.
“These students begin their studies at a time when global leadership and innovative environmental management are sorely needed,” said Peter Crane, dean of the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. “I am certain that their experiences at F&ES will help these future environmental leaders develop the skills and vision required to tackle the pressing environmental challenges that we all face.”